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Toddler Tuesday June 28, 2011

Bitty Bug is 2 years 5 months old

 

Bug and Monkey were really into singing The Itsy Bitsy Spider last week, so I put out some sequencing cards for the song. With Monkey, she doesn't need any help, but with Bug, we sing the song and put the pictures in order at the same time.

Bug matching the plastic models of the butterfly lifecycle to the preserved species.

Bug playing with some little figurines--each figurine is wearing the traditional dress of a different culture.

Working on the latches & locks board

Since summer started this week, we changed the sensory table from the flower planting theme to a beach theme.

Bug and Monkey working with the sensory table

Working with the knobbed cylinders

Taking a break from the homeschooling room to play in the rain garden. She insists this is a swimming pool. And she insists on wearing a dress in it.

Here, Bug is working on this cone toy. It's really difficult for her, but she's finally starting to get it!

Transferring spiders from one bowl to the other. I did have tongs for this work, but she wanted to do it using a pincher grasp. And she wanted to wear the rings.

Working with the texture board.

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Toddler Tuesday June 21, 2011

Bitty Bug is 2 years 5 months old

Lately, it’s become very clear that Bug has her own very distinct personality.  She’s not one to follow the crowd, that’s for sure!  And she’s perfectly comfortable voicing her opinions, likes, dislikes, and desires.  The first one that’s pretty obvious from the pictures is clothing.  Bug will now only wear 2 things…what she calls “princess dresses” (long flowy dresses that twirl) or nothing.  And she doesn’t want to get the princess dresses dirty, so if she thinks something will be messy, she decides she’d rather wear nothing at all.  And this princess dress thing has become an obsession…she will not put anything else on.  It *must* be a dress, and that dress must be able to twirl.  Complete with silver sparkly shoes.  And at night, it *must* be a “bedtime princess dress” (nightgown).

Now, contrast that with what you see below…she might be obsessed with looking like a princess (and her favorite line is “But mama…I a princess!  I the BOSS!” said in a very matter of fact 2 year old way), but she is also one to get down in the dirt (sans the dress of course) and play with bugs.  Or paint.  Or food.

I love 2 year olds…they are full of personality, and full of contradictions!

Bug loved to work with the dot markers this week. Here, she's putting spots on the ladybug picture.

 

Playing with the birds' nests in the sensory table.

 

Bug *loved* this work...painting ladybugs on rocks.

 

Observing the butterfly display with a hand lens.

 

Bug also liked this craft (do you sense a theme...she loves crafts just like her big sister!). The jars have diluted food coloring in them. Using the eyedropper in the jars, Bug had to transfer the colored water to the coffee filter. Once she was done, we let the filter dry, and then used a black pipe cleaner to help make a butterfly.

 

The finished butterflies!

 

More dot art...

 

Observing the bugs in acrylic with the hand lens.

 

Pouring glass beads into the small dishes.

 

Toddler Tuesday April 19, 2011

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Bitty Bug is 2 years 3 months old

Here are a couple pictures of Bug working in the school room this week!

Bitty Bug is still loving the craft time. She worked very hard meticulously placing feathers on her cardinal!

She also loved working in the sensory bin. She was arranging flowers in the small flower pots for quite some time!

While this work was intended to be a tonging work, Bug decided that she wanted to work on opening & closing the eggs, and matching the halves together by colors. I guess I shouldn't have been too surprised...she has been on a huge color kick lately!

Here, Bug is attempting to thread the large buttons onto the shoelaces. This was still very hard for her to do, but she did actually get the string through the button holes!

Bug was really proud of herself when she finally learned to snip paper with scissors. She concentrated very hard on this work, and was so careful to keep her fingers out of the way. She was really impressed with the power she had to change the paper from a straight piece of paper, to a paper full of little cuts.

 

Toddler Tuesday March 29, 2011

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Bitty Bug is 2 years 2 months old

 

As Bug gets older, it’s interesting to see her natural progression from the work of an infant/young toddler to the work of a preschooler.  It seems like Bitty Bug is starting to resist the work that’s been set out for her, and more and more she is gravitating towards the preschool level work.  Unfortunately, she gets very disappointed that she’s not really ready for that work–while it looks really interesting to her, bead chains just aren’t appropriate work for a young 2 year old. 😉  Part of me thinks she’s just trying to copy what her sister does, and if she was in a regular classroom for kids her own age, she’d probably still be gravitating towards the younger works.  But part of me also sees that she genuinely is curious about the work for older children.  She already knows her colors, can count to 10 (in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese (thanks to the Vietnamese language CDs we play for Monkey), and is so proud of herself when she does that.  So, I see her trying to work on things like Color Box 2 or work where she has to count the objects.  So, it really is interesting to me to see her progression!

 

Bug really enjoyed the turtle lesson....and she loved wearing the turtle shell on her back!

Working on her dot art

The spring sensory bin...hay, silk flowers, pots, gravel (easier to clean off the carpet than dirt...LOL!), ladybugs, butterflies, birds, eggs, & nests

A nest with baby birds and eggs

Butterflies

Pots, gravel, & flowers

Bug and Monkey using the sensory table